Source: Tallinn Black Nights

‘The Poet’

The world premiere of Lithuanian feature The Poet will open the Baltic Competition at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which will screen 15 features from the region.

Directed by Giedrius Tamosevicius and Vytautas V. Landsbergis, The Poet is the one world premiere in the selection, alongside four international premieres.

Scroll down for the full list of Baltic Competition titles

It is a historical drama in which the titular writer becomes an intermediary between Soviet authorities and rebels, and must choose his allies and words carefully in order to survive.

It is a debut feature for Tamosevicius, who previously worked as an assistant to Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa.

Landsbergis is known as a documentary filmmaker in Lithuania; this is his third fiction feature.

A screening of Ove Musting’s Estonian feature Kalev will co-open the section. Further titles in the Baltic Competition include Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper’s Lithuania-Belgium-France co-production Vesper, which premiered at Karlovy Vary; and Signe Baumane’s My Love Affair With Marriage, which debuted at Tribeca.

The festival is introducing Critics’ Picks, a new competition programme, for this year. Led by programmer Nikolaj Nikitin, the programme will consist of around 15 features, and will highlight arthouse fare. Titles will be announced in the coming weeks in advance of the festival, which runs from November 11-27.

This year’s Tallinn Black Nights has appointed lead curators for its programmes for the first time this year: Triin Tramberg for First Features, Edvinas Puksta for Baltic Competition, Javier Garcia Puerto for the Rebels programme, Helmut Janes for Midnight Shivers and Tiit Tuumalu for DOC@POFF.

Tallinn Black Nights 2022 Baltic Competition titles

The Poet (Lith) dirs. Giedrius Tamosevicius, Vytautas V. Landsbergis

A Letter From Helga (Ice-Neth-Est) dir Asa Hjorleifsdottir

Lovable (Lat-Est) dir. Stanislavs Tokalovs

The Taste Of Water (Lat) dir. Matiss Kaza

Pensive (Lith) dir. Jonas Trukanas

January (Lat-Lith-Pol) dir. Viesturs Kairiss

Kalev (Est) dir Ove Musting

Vesper (Lith-Bel-Fr) dirs. Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper

My Love Affair With Marriage (Lat-US-Lux) dir. Signe Baumane

Aurora’s Sunrise (Arm-Lith-Ger) dir. Inna Sahakyan

Melchior The Apothecary (Est-Ger-Lat-Lith) dir. Elmo Nuganen

Traces (Cro-Lith-Ser) dir. Dubravka Turic

Minsk (Est-Rus) dir. Boris Guts

Remember To Blink (Lith) dir. Austeja Urbaite

The Bog (Est) dir. Ergo Kuld